John Lennon Fireworks Car

 

This is Car Culture's idea of fireworks—John Lennon's psychedelic 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V. Although Lennon could well-afford the car by 1965, he wasn't happy playing the part of a classic wealthy British gentleman being squired about town in a black Rolls-Royce.

 

Legend has it that Lennon was a poor driver, so the idea of a chauffeur didn't really bother him. Since he was happy to reside in the back of the long-bodied limousine, he ripped out the back seat and had a double bed installed so he could loll about barefoot while listening to his state-of-the-art sound system, perhaps “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”?

 

Ring Starr suggested that Lennon repaint the staid black vehicle, an idea that Lennon enthusiastically adopted. Lennon hired a group of Dutch painters known as The Fool who repainted the Rolls-Royce to resemble a gypsy caravan.

 

Where is this car now? Anyone know?




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